Catalan Dragons v Wigan Warriors Betting Preview | 8th July 2017
Andrew Day is our man for Saturday’s Catalan Dragons v Wigan Warriors game. His thoughts and best bet are below.
Catalan Dragons v Wigan Warriors – Saturday 17:00
This weekend the Warriors travel to the South of France to face the Catalan Dragons hoping to build on last weekend’s win over the Widnes Vikings and continue their push for a top 8 finish.
Tries from captain Sean O’Loughlin, Tony Clubb, Lewis Tierney and a double from Joe Burgess helped the Warriors to a 28-12 win which halted a horrendous run of form that stretched to eight Super League games without a win.
The result left Wigan 7th in the table, four points away from 9th and level on points with 6th place St Helens.
Last weekend’s 28 points scored was a further example of Wigan’s ability to find the try line and their away form makes for positive reading.
They have scored 98 points in their last four away games – an average of 24.5 points per game – which is all the more impressive considering they didn’t win any of those games!
Their ability to still score in the face of defeat has kept their points difference at only -29, which is a remarkable figure when you consider they have the 5th worst points against total in the league.
As the stats show, Wigan’s weakness this season has been in defence. Their inability to keep sides at bay has cost them however last weekend’s win showed a marked improvement in this area.
Widnes came into last weekend’s game having won three of the last four games and were full of confidence. They had scored an average of 25 in those games and they fact Wigan were able to restrict them to just 12 points proves how much improved the defence was.
And that level of defence is going to be needed again this weekend in France. Whilst Les Catalans are having a season to forget and are pretty much already consigned to battling for their Super League future in the Qualifiers, last weekend’s 40-36 win over Leigh showed how dangerous a side they are at home.
That win was their 2nd in the last three at home – the other coming against second in the table Hull – and they have racked up an impressive 75 points in those games.
Unfortunately for the Dragons, they will be without suspended trio Greg Bird, Ben Garcia and Fouad Yaha along with Richie Myler and Mika Simon who are out injured. The loss of both star half back Myler and marquee signing Bird are sure to hit the Dragons hard.
Wigan on the other hand have a virtually clean bill of health. Prop Taulima Tautai returns after two weeks out leaving only Joel Tomkins and Dom Manfredi absent by injury.
With that in mind, 188Bet have set the handicap bar generously low in my opinion and the offer of Wigan to win with a -8.5 handicap at 10/11 provides maximum betting appeal.